September 26, 2016

Religious leader focused on restoring environment, promoting religion

By Merissa Wilson

Growing up in the district of Meten-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara (WCD), Ravie Deonarine was a keen observer of conflicts within his community.

Meten-Meer-Zorg West (Constituency 7) Candidate Ravie Deonarine

Meten-Meer-Zorg West (Constituency 7) Candidate Ravie Deonarine

Years later, he has been given the opportunity to effect the changes that he has always longed to see in the area where he was born and raised.
When it was announced that the Local Government Elections (LGE) were going to be held in Guyana, 22 years after the last polls, Deonarine quickly grasped the chance to be an advocate for his community.
Competing under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) mantle, the President of the Meten-Meer-Zorg West De Kindren Mandir is hoping that the residents will see him as having the capacity to be a prominent leader in Constituency 7.
Since he grew up in Meten-Meer-Zorg West, Deonarine believes that he is at a better advantage to serve the people of the community, given that he is aware of the daily challenges they face. When the chance presented itself, Deonarine was a little more than elated as he thought this was the perfect way to impact not only the community but also their religious lives.
Being a religious leader, of course, Deonarine had cause to mention just what he planned to do in terms of religion.
He believes that every citizen should have the right, and exercise it, to choose which religious path they feel obliged to enter.  In light of this, Deonarine informed that it was his aim to foster religion within the community by encouraging persons to view it as being an essential part of their lives.
“I don’t want to change people’s religion, but I’m promoting them to be a part of some religion. Older folks and younger people need to be in a religion.”
This, he says, will also contribute towards his goal of achieving unity in every aspect of community life, regardless of residents’ ethnicity, colour, or creed.
The strong advocate for national peace is bent on ensuring that there is a strong connection between the villages so as to strengthen relationships and build unity.
He is hoping to have frequent personal interactions with these residents so that the relationship blooms and confidence in leaders is restored.
On a more physical aspect, Deonarine told  Guyana Times that there have been concerns raised in regards to the deteriorating conditions of the environment as well as the poor infrastructure which the residents are forced to endure.  The candidate made reference to the roads which are in a deplorable condition, unsafe for human utilisation, and the community’s burial ground, which is in a disturbing state.
“The ground needs cleaning, it is overgrown. We want Meten-Meer-Zorg to be transformed into a cleaner environment that is appropriate for living at all times,” he explained.
“The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved”, so the community will embark on this venture as a cohesive body.
This, he said, will have precedence on his list of priorities once elected, and he will work towards promptly addressing these physical environment issues.
Deonarine reported that another major issue in his community was the abuse of drugs and alcohol and the number of people committing or attempting suicide.  Through work with community centres and partnerships with stakeholders, the Constituency 7 candidate is hoping to have completely eliminated these scourges from the community.
Responding to a question on what is in store for youths once he is elected, Deonarine assured that he would work assiduously to have develop and advance the youths of  his constituency.
Since youth crime has been prevalent not only in that community but in Guyana as a whole, Deonarine plans to invest in different activities in which youths can spend more time developing themselves.
“We need to do this to take our youths away from crimes, usage of drugs and alcohol and the long list of conflicts they face,” he stated.
Deonarine is urging persons to come out in their numbers and vote on March 18, so that their interests will be represented.

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